Dana White Supports Stipe Miocic Amidst Accusations of Avoiding Fight vs. Jon Jones
by FARUK IMAMOVIC | VIEW 390
After Jon Jones won the heavyweight belt in July 2022 with a stunning victory over Ciryl Gane, fans have been eagerly anticipating his next big fight, which is rumored to be against Stipe Miocic. However, Jones recently took to Twitter to express his doubts that the match will happen at all, accusing Miocic of dodging him in the past.
"Yo @stipemiocic only you the UFC and I know the truth, you dodged me all of 2022 - July, September & December. Now I’m hearing rumors that we may not be fighting this July," tweeted Jones. In response, Miocic kept things short and sweet, tweeting, "See you in July."
Despite Jones' accusations, UFC President Dana White has come out in support of Miocic, stating that he does not believe Miocic is trying to avoid the fight.
See you in July.
pic.twitter.com/lH7ZzemPCH — Stipe Miocic (@stipemiocic) March 16, 2023
"No, no, no. Listen, Stipe has never tried to get out of anything ever. You know, this guy is looked at as the greatest or one of the greatest heavyweights of all time and yeah, no I don’t think Stipe is trying to get out of anything," said White.
White also elaborated that Miocic has a thriving life outside of the octagon and that fighters like Jones, McGregor, and Miocic have many things going on outside of the sport. "The thing you have to understand for some of these guys, when they get to the level of a Jones, a McGregor, a Stipe… Stipe’s done it all.
You know, he’s made tons of money, plus he has a job in Ohio, he’s got babies. These guys have stuff going on, so it’s never a matter of, ‘Oh he’s trying to get out of something.’ Stipe’s been fighting his whole life, who is he trying to hide from? You know what I mean, doesn’t make sense.
Plus this will be if not the biggest, one of the biggest fights of his life."
The GOAT Battle
Many see the potential fight between Jones and Miocic as a battle for the title of greatest of all time, or GOAT, in the sport of mixed martial arts.
Jones is widely regarded as one of the best fighters of all time, with numerous titles and impressive records to his name. Miocic, on the other hand, is considered by many to be the best heavyweight fighter of all time, with a record-breaking number of title defenses and an impressive list of victories over top-ranked opponents.
If the fight does take place, it is sure to be a momentous occasion for both fighters. While it may not be the most difficult fight either of them has faced, the status it brings to the winner is certainly the greatest in the history of the sport.
Fans around the world will be eagerly waiting to see who comes out on top in this epic battle between two of the greatest fighters of all time.